Other Patient Stories
Jordan, Jacoby and Nikolas' Story
Gina’s good friend had just given birth to twins at South Shore Hospital. And with other glowing referrals from past South Shore patients, Gina expected it to be the perfect place to deliver her own baby. But one thing she didn’t expect was an ultrasound that revealed triplets.
During her pregnancy, Gina developed a strong bond with her Obstetrician, Dr. Christo J. Shakr from Crown OB/YN. “Dr. Shakr was the most knowledgeable, compassionate doctor I have ever met in my life. He didn’t rush me and even reworked his schedule to accommodate my delivery. There was no doubt in my mind that he would be the perfect fit,” said Gina.
She also had weekly visits with her Perinatologist, Dr. Achilles Athanassiou, from South Shore Hospital’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program, assuring appropriate care for a high-risk pregnancy.
Though most of the pregnancy was uneventful, the delivery was not without complication. Having gestational diabetes, Gina developed a blood clot while giving birth. - a problem that South Shore was equipped to address with on-site specialists. Immediately, she was taken to the ICU for special attention, while her babies, born prematurely, were taken to the NICU for their own special care.
For the next few days, the same nurses who helped deliver her triplets were now delivering Gina pictures of her triplets – bringing stories of her sassy daughter Jordan, the grumpy old man Jacoby, and the happy-go-lucky Nikolas. “They were petite children with big personalities,” recalled Gina.
After a short stay in the ICU, Gina went home. Within a week, her first baby had joined her, and was followed only a few days later by her other two babies. The family was united again.
Gina looks back on her pregnancy with fondness. “South Shore was unbelievable! They had the best nursing staff and it was the best hospital experience I could ever ask for. It was a fantastic experience that ended with three fantastically healthy children."
After several pregnancies ended with sorrow, Rosie Silva hoped that her seventh would end with her holding her baby in her arms. It did, but not without some hurdles along the way.
Rosie’s son Tyrone was born early by Cesarean birth at South Shore Hospital, following a pregnancy that required Rosie to spend much of her time hospitalized under close watch. Tyrone weighed just over two pounds, but he was a fighter just like his mother. And he had a team of experts at his side.
“I’ve dealt with different NICUs, but South Shore was by far the best. It was wonderful,” said Rosie. “They gave Tyrone the best care on the planet, and they made me so comfortable. They made a hard time easy. The doctors and nurses were our angels. They will always have a special place in my heart.”
Tyrone remained in the NICU for two and a half months. After they left, Rosie and Tyrone stayed in touch with the NICU staff. Rosie fondly remembers one visit back to the unit when her son was about three years old.
“Someone who didn’t know us asked me about his birth, and one of the nurses stopped what she was doing to answer the question for me,” recalled Rosie. “She remembered every single detail better than I did. How often does that happen?”
Arden & Sydney
When Meredith’s doctor told her she would be having twins, she cried with joy, knowing she would be welcoming two new members into her family. However, a complication discovered midway into her pregnancy left her worried for their safety. With the care of her OB/GYN, Dr. Hsi-Pin Chen from Atrius Health Women’s Centerm and the Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists at South Shore Hospital, Meredith was able to face the challenges of a complicated pregnancy and deliver her babies successfully by natural childbirth.
As soon as it was confirmed that Meredith was having twins, Dr. Chen immediately consulted with specialists from South Shore Hospital’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Program, adding another level of expertise to her care team. Together, Dr. Chen and the MFM specialists worked with Meredith to monitor her pregnancy and provide the special attention needed for multiple births.
The first challenge in her pregnancy unfolded for Meredith during her second visit with Dr. Achilles Athanassiou, the director of the MFM Program at South Shore Hospital. At only 23 weeks, Meredith learned she had a short cervix and was unexpectedly beginning the first stage of labor. Slowing down Meredith’s labor and postponing the babies’ delivery became Dr. Achilles’ first priority. He immediately prescribed bed rest for Meredith, a step that would give the twins as much time as possible to develop before birth.
At 30 weeks, Meredith faced another challenge when her cervix began dilating far too early. She was immediately admitted to South Shore Hospital for closer observation. Meredith’s care team, from Atrius Health Women’s Center and South Shore Hospital, helped her continue to carry her babies for as long as possible.
During her hospital stay, Meredith became very close to her nurses and other South Shore Hospital staff. They gave her books to read, showed her how to crochet and knit, and did everything possible to keep her mind occupied as the long days passed. “I know it was their job to be nurses, but they were so much more than that,” said Meredith. “They were my family, my sisters, my mother, and my friends.”
Meredith had spent almost six weeks in the hospital when, on April 5, 2010, her babies were delivered by natural childbirth at 36 weeks. The twin girls, Arden and Sydney, weighed in at a healthy 5 lbs. 12 oz. and 6 lbs. 2 oz. Neither baby needed to spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Looking back, Meredith reflected, “Every birth is unique, but you don’t need to go into Boston to have a great experience. Being at South Shore Hospital was like an extension of my home. I love South Shore Hospital.”